Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

Scope and Content

Will she ask Mrs Lucas to send her Mrs Beecher Hooker's little book as she wants 'to translate into French the paper quoted there on the 'Duty of Women' in order to meet the timidity of French women.

Date: Monday no date but from Liverpool therefore before 1882 probably circa 1880.

Administrative / Biographical History

'That little book of Mrs Beecher Hooker's ... to translate into French the paper quoted there on the 'Duty of women' in order to meet the timidity of Frenchwomen.' Mrs Beecher Hooker (1822-1907), an American and an ardent suffragist and advocate of women's rights. She contributed to journals on her subject. Two of her pamphlets may be mentioned specially: 'Relation of woman suffrage to the home and morality' (undated). 'Womanhood: its sanctities and fidelities' - 1874. (From Notable American Women 1607-1950: a biographical dictionary, 1971.) 'The Duty of Women' Carlisle, Hobson Scott, 1870, was written by JB. It must have been a popular paper, as she says that she has no copy nor has anyone else that she knows of. 'Can you tell me whether Miss L March Phillipps stayed to our great evening meeting?' This may refer to the annual meeting of the LNA held on 29 Jan 1880, with a public meeting in the Town Hall, Woolwich in the evening. (Account of these meetings given in Shield 7 Feb 1880, p.15.) Biog: Mrs Lucas; Miss L March Phillipps; Mrs Isabella Beecher Hooker.